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Ariz. must free more wolves; we all must keep them safe

TWO ARTICLES published April 4 and 5 describ(e) the lethal removal — read unwarranted murder — of a wolf in Southwest New Mexico in January. These articles, “Wildlife Services Employee Investigated in Wolf Death” and “Wildlife Employee Investigated in Wolf Killing,” describe how a supposedly trained Wildlife Services specialist “didn’t recognize” the animal he is trained to know. This is extremely suspect, and all efforts should be taken to find out how this happened … including the possibility of an illegal payoff of this unnamed employee and to severely punish those at fault and to (en)sure this pitiful action does not happen again.

There are so few of these most rare of North American wolves that the loss of even one threatens the very survival of the species. Without more wolves, genetic diversity is limited, which is a further threat, in addition to these ongoing killings, to the species’ survival.

It is therefore time once again to demand that the Arizona Game and Fish release more of our captive wolves into the wild. The public in both New Mexico and Arizona overwhelmingly favor the wolf reintroduction. These are our wolves, and this government agency works for the taxpayers and should not be beholden to a vocal minority of those who hate and would kill the wolf because of financial gain. This corrupt practice needs to end, and we must demand more wolf releases now.